EYE DROPS AND GELS FOR DRY EYES
Most sufferers of BEB are initially diagnosed as having a dry eye condition. This in itself is usually correct but the BEB is often not recognised or known about. Whilst we are aiming to address this knowledge gap, eye drops are still a useful treatment for the dry eye component although they won’t fix the blepharospasm.
There are many different brands of eye drops and gels available. Some drops also come in spray form. Eye drops and ointments can be broken down into two categories: over-the-counter eye drops and prescription eye drops.
Over-the-counter eye drops are appropriate in many cases, and can be cheaper and more convenient. But if symptoms worsen or persist, you should always visit your ophthalmologist to rule out any other eye disease, eye infection or condition.
Some drops contain preservatives so it is a good idea to speak to your doctor or pharmacist if this may be a problem for you. It’s best to avoid decongestant eye drops for dry eyes. You’ll recognize decongestant eye drops because they’re typically advertised as relief for red eyes. Decongestants make your eyes look less red, but they also can worsen dry eye symptoms in the long run. You should look for lubricating eye drops or gels.
Just a few of the many options available are listed here – our members have had personal experience using these drops, but there are many other options – ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
HYLO-FORTE® lubricating eye drops for severe or chronic dry eye
These drops are preservative-free, phosphate-free – avoids corneal calcification, deliver at least 300 sterile drops through the unique COMOD® multi-dose application system and there is a 6 month use-up period after opening. They are compatible with all contact lenses. For more information visit http://www.aftpharm.com/products/non-prescription/hylo-forte-eye-drops/
Tearsagain is a soothing spray treatment for dry eyes. Each box contains two sprays and it does not have to be discarded in a month – it is long-lasting – up to 3 years. More information can be found at http://biorevive.com/brands/tears-again/.
GENTEAL AND GENTEAL GEL
GenTeal lubricant eye drops are suitable for use with all types of contact lenses. GenTeal Gel is a long acting eye gel for lubricating the surface of the eye for all patients with ocular discomfort. It is often used at night in conjunction with eye drops for daytime use. For more information visit http://www.novartis.com.au/pi_pdf/ged_geg.pdf
Visit the following websites for a general article on dry eyes and for listings of all the lubricating drops and gels available.
One option for eyelid hygiene is Thera Tears Sterilid. It can be used to removes oil, debris and other contaminants that can build up on eyelids and eyelashes.
PRE-INJECTION ANAESTHETIC CREAMS
Some of our members like to use these creams prior to having their injections. EMLA is available over the counter at pharmacies and the CustomCare Compounding Pharmacy has been making samples for us and they are happy to send these to treating doctors.
Research indicates that some sufferers of blepharospasm benefit from spectacles with a special tint called FL-41. It comes in different intensities and there are a number of companies that can make them. Not all opticians will have heard of FL-41 but you can tell them that there at least two in Australia. Both these companies are able to supply the FL-41 lenses to your optician.
1 – Zeiss, a major multinational company
2 – Eingefasst – in Western Australia
Eingefasst Specialty Fitting
Director & Technician – Andrea Dettinger
Unit 2/171 Beechboro Road South
EMBLETON WA 6062
Phone 0400 768 257
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eingefasst is happy to be contacted if you would like more information about the FL-41 glasses.
In Western Australia you can also get the glasses from the SpecSavers store in Garden City. Email: Booragoon SpecSavers.
Our chairman, John Yeudall, recently had some sunglasses made there with FL-41 tinted lenses supplied by Zeiss. If it’s convenient for you to go there at least they should know what you are talking about. The owner is Jason Appleby who was most helpful.
Further information on FL-41 lenses can be found on the following US website: https://www.axonoptics.com/why-axon-migraine-relief/. Axon has 15 years of clinical experience with migraine, blepharospasm, and other light sensitive conditions
Visit the FL-41 INFORMATION SHEET page to print out the document and take to your optician.
Last updated: 30 March, 2018